The Tennessee Volunteers scooped up their second win of the season on Saturday. Despite playing a little bit sloppily, the Vols managed to shutout the UTEP Miners 24-0 to improve to 2-1 in the process.
Although they committed no turnovers, Tennessee did look a bit sloppy at times in the game. Some mental errors and a few shortcomings led to a few missed opportunities, especially since they were only up 10-0 after the first half. This despite outpacing UTEP by quite a bit in the total yards department. The defense still managed to keep their opponents out of the end zone, as UTEP looked the part of one of the worst FBS teams in the country.
They held Kai Locksley to just 39 passing yards and kept him grounded to just 24 rushing yards. UTEP’s leading rushers were Treyvon Hughes and Quardraiz Wadley, who each only had 33 yards. The leading receiver was Keynan Foster, who had only 21 of those 39 yards in the air.
That kind of says it all.
It was a big day for Ty Chandler. The Volunteers running back scampered for 158 yards and a touchdown. He needed just 12 carries to get there and was mostly aided by an 81-yard rushing TD in the 3rd quarter. Madre London was 2nd on the team in rushing, amassing 74 yards on just nine carries. Tim Jordan had 49 on 13, while Jeremy Banks had 45 on only nine. In all, the Volunteers ran for 345 yards and two scores on the day, with the other going to Jordan.
Jarrett Guarantano looked the part, as he threw for 168 yards and had a touchdown pass to Jauan Jennings. Guarantano spread the wealth, throwing to six different receivers, including Josh Palmer, who led with 64 receiving yards.
This game went about as well as it could’ve, despite the slop. The Vols will now take aim at their rivals to the south, as they play the Florida Gators next week.